Forensic Computing MSc

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Forensic Computing MSc


This course starts in September 2017 and January 2018.

To pursue an exciting and expert career in forensic computing you will be required to acquire specialist knowledge and skills that can be gained on our MSc in Forensic Computing.

The course covers a range of skills that are essential for the retrieval of computer-based information for criminal investigations.


forensic_computing_msc_pgdipGuest lecturers from industry will provide information about state-of-the-art developments and case studies.

Your masters project can be conducted either as a placement in an external organisation or working with one of the University research groups.

On successful completion of this course you could be presented as an expert witness, or help solve crimes.


This course will provide you with a sound understanding of essential hardware and software systems, formats, protocols and standards. There is coverage of essential legislation relating to all aspects of computer-based information.

The central focus of the programme will be an in-depth coverage of the available tools and techniques investigating different types of computer-based information sources.

This course has two parts: the Taught Modules and Master Project. Successful completion of the taught modules, which involves eight single modules of study, leads to the award of postgraduate diploma and, if the appropriate performance is achieved, allows progression onto the masters project.

Taught Modules  

  • Forensic Computing Methods (double);
  • Network and Mobile Forensics (double);
  • Internet and Information Security (double);
  • Ethical Hacking;
  • Individual Research Project.

In addition to a sound understanding of essential hardware and software systems, formats, protocols and standards, there is coverage of essential legislation relating to all aspects of computer-based information.

Where possible guest lectures will be provided from industry contacts about state-of-the-art developments and case studies.

Masters Project

The final stage of this course requires the completion of a masters project, which must relate directly to the subject being studied. To complete this successfully students will develop a sound capability to carry out research. The project can be conducted either as a placement in an external organisation or working with one of the University research groups.

The MSc project serves to integrate, apply and further develop the different aspects within the taught part of the programme.

Entry Requirements

To enter the course you need to have one of the following: a good Honours degree or an equivalent qualification, a relevant professional qualification of equivalent standard, e.g. BCS Professional Graduate Diploma, CEng, CIM Diploma, an unclassified degree plus at least two years further study or professional experience.

If you have no formal qualifications but have professional business or industrial experience, we will consider your application on its merits.


To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above. Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

Please note: we have a range of taught postgraduate awards to suit your needs, from Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master's Degree (MA, MBA, MSc, LLM). In most cases you can decide to exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, without carrying onto the full Master's qualification.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

There are a number of potential roles for those with expertise in computer forensics. One of the most high profile positions would be to provide support for civil and criminal investigations that involve the retrieval of computer-based information, typically to be provided as an expert witness or to aid in solving crimes.

There is also a demand for similar skills in the area of disaster management and recovery of computer-based information.


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The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Further information

If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Prospectus; alternatively you can download a pdf prospectus.

To find out more information about Postgraduate Study at Coventry University, including finance and funding and the benefits of further study, see our Postgraduate Study pages.

Course code:
  • MSc 1 year full-time

  • Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma
  • Postgraduate Degree (MBA / MSc / MA / MPA)

Course type:
  • Full time

January 2017 start - £12,068 | September 2017 start - £14,311

Contact Details:

International Office

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152